Social Work England Board Member (Audit and Risk)

Body: Social Work England
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Regulation
Location: Sheffield
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Procurement, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £350 a day plus expenses
Time Requirements: Estimated time commitment not expected to exceed 20 days per annum


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Ann Harris OBE has been appointed as a non-executive director for Social Work England, effective from 19 July 2019 and will serve a term of 3 years. Remuneration is £350 per day for an estimated time commitment of 20 days per annum.

Ann is also a non-executive director at the Money and Pensions Service, and has significant finance and procurement experience from working across a number of major change programmes in government.

Ann has not declared any political activity or conflicts of interest.

Social Work England is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Education. The appointment of board members is made jointly by the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Date: 22/07/2019

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  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    Deadline extended to 11pm on Monday 6th May 2019

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    12th June

  • Announcement

    22/07/2019 at 18:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

High quality social work can transform lives. Social workers play an absolutely critical role in delivering a range of vital services to vulnerable children, families and adults. Social Work England will be a new specialist regulator for all social workers that has an absolute focus on protecting the health and wellbeing of those individuals who need social work support.

The Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care are looking to appoint a non-executive director to the Board of Social Work England, with specific skills in the area of audit and risk.

Do you have the ability to set strategic direction and engage in constructive debate and challenge? Can you work collaboratively at a senior level to plan and facilitate decisions? Do you have financial management and accounting expertise? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

You will have an accountancy or auditing qualification, with associated professional membership; expertise in chairing an Audit and Risk Committee; and the ability to develop and review internal controls and risk management systems.

You will be required to think strategically and have the ability to positively and constructively influence decisions at a senior level. You will be expected to establish consultative relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including other regulators, professional associations, training providers and employees, as well the social work profession and users of its services.

This will be a challenging but extremely rewarding role. Your input will contribute to the protection of the vulnerable in our society, as well as to raising standards in social work practice.


Person Specification

We are looking to appoint an individual to a non-executive board member role, with specific skills in the area of audit and risk. We welcome applications from a diverse range of potential applicants, particularly women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities.

Essential criteria

Candidates will demonstrate:

  • a commitment to the values of equality, human rights and inclusion and an ability to champion these and ensure that they underpin the work of the Board;
  • a commitment to engaging service users and ensuring their voice is taken into account within decision making processes;
  • an ability to set strategic direction and engage in constructive debate and challenge at all levels; and
  • an ability to work collaboratively at senior/Board level to plan and facilitate decisions.


Together with expertise and ability in:

  • senior financial management and accounting, including audit and procurement expertise; and an accountancy or auditing qualification with associated professional membership (eg CIPFA, ACCA, CIMA);
  • chairing an Audit and Risk Committee; and
  • the development and review of internal controls and risk management systems including governance at a senior level.


Desirable criteria

It is also desirable that candidates demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the regulation of professionals/individuals; and
  • experience of organisations undergoing set-up and/or newly formed organisations.


How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  1. A covering letter
  2. A CV and a separate personal statement (each no more than two sides of A4 in length and in Arial 12 font) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification. Applications that exceed the page length or are in a different font size will not be considered
  3. Candidate Application Form
  4. Diversity form
  5. Guaranteed Interview Scheme form (if applicable).

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box. If submitting your application by email, please submit your application documents as separate attachments.

Alternatively, you can send your application via post to: HR, Public Appointments Team, Ground Floor, Bishopsgate House, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QE.

Please note that applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation.

Applications will be acknowledged on receipt when sending by email and post.

Please note, feedback will not be provided unless applicants are unsuccessful at interview.

Candidates invited to interview will be required to cover their own travel and expenses costs.

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